Bundlebrag: Indie Gala 2 Now On

By Craig Pearson on February 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm.

Alec’s gone to a quiet place, to wash away the emotional stress of trying to keep up with bundled up charitable independent games. He’s using the sound of the seagulls to drown out the buzzwords of “pay what you want”, and “donation”, while I man up in RPSes montage gym. I just did seven squats and fought a bear to a double-knockout, all cut to Total Eclipse of The Heart. Now I’m ready for you, Indie Gala 2.

Gala’s games are at least exclusive to their bundle. For donating up to $3.99 you’ll get 3D match 3 puzzler Critical Mass, co-op action game Bunch of Heroes, and puzzler Fortrix 2, along with various albums. Prove yourself to have pockets full of doubloons and the ability to translate them into a more meaningful, modern currency then the you can get Turn-based strategy Greed Corp and physicsy actioner Roboblitz for a donation of up to $6.99.

Those of you with pockets made of gold to keep your rubies made out of diamonds should probably consider a donation of 1/200th of a fake diamond ruby. Over $6.99 means you’ll happily receive sci-fi racing game inMomentum, Zombie Shooters 1 and 2, Hacker Evolution: Duality and Hacker Evolution: Untold, Drawing puzzle game All Your Doodles Are Bugged!, and a pile of unrelated albums.

11 games, redeemable on Steam, and seven albums for a slice of your disposable income? What say you?

EDIT: there’s a chance this could end today, or there’s also the chance it could end when 50’000 bundles are sold. Get in fast.

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30 Comments »

  1. Vurp says:

    It is worth mentioning that this is steam redeemables only.

    • icupnimpn2 says:

      It is worth mentioning that they are not soundtracks but rather albums of unrelated music.

    • Suits says:

      It is worth noting they claimed it wouldn’t include earlier promotions, but the entire previous bundle is up there. It’s also not ‘pay what you want’ in the sense that it used to, they should stop using the phrase imo.

    • sebmojo says:

      It is worth noting that nothing is worth not noting the worth of nothing.

  2. Genocidal says:

    IndieGala is in the unenviable position of being the third bundle in town behind Humble and Royale, and the games offered reflect that unfortunately. Neither bundle has had a marquee, top-tier indie game in it, and the attempt to pad the bundle out with random albums detracts from what should be the focus of these indie bundles — the games.

    Gala 2 adds a solid title in Greed Corp, but only if you pony up more than the minimum. It would be interesting to see if that has a negative psychological effect on would-be donors who would have paid at least five bucks but are discouraged because they’re told that to get the game they want they have to hit a certain price threshold.

    • SquareWheel says:

      I think the number of people turned off by tiered pricing is far below the number of people willing to pay more to reach higher tiers.

    • Baines says:

      The only game I wanted was Greed Corp, and I decided to just pick it up during the next big Steam sale.

      Critical Mass might be entertaining, and I can get some enjoyment out of Qix clones before they anger me too much, so Fortrix might not be bad, but neither call out to me enough for me to go through any hassle of buying them.

      Bunch of Heroes… Nothing I’ve heard or seen about it made it look entertaining. Roboblitz I’ve heard more positive stuff about, but it still sounds a bit unfinished/unpolished and not necessarily entertaining.

      And the first Gala bundle games didn’t entice me to buy them the first time they were offered.

    • Deadly Habit says:

      STOP LIKING WHAT I DON’T LIKE

  3. carn1x says:

    Maybe it’s good marketing, lack of DRM, or maybe they just really know how to keep it fresh, but I find it hard to get excited about bundles which aren’t Humble.

    • misterT0AST says:

      Or maybe it’s just because having in a bundle VVVVVV, Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, World of Goo is a bit different from having “Critical Mass”, “Bunch of Heroes”, “Fortix 2″ and the like.

    • hap says:

      I’m just glad to have a bundle where I don’t already have at least a few of the games, and is why I purchased this one.

    • UnravThreads says:

      You said: “lack of DRM”
      Site says: “you purchase each game in form of a game code that is redeemable on Steam”

      Steam = DRM

    • misterT0AST says:

      yes, that’s what he said.
      He prefers the Humble Indie Bundle. Which is not this one, which is the Indie Gala, which is on Steam, and therefore has DRM.

    • UnravThreads says:

      Shush. Reading is hard.

  4. Just Endless says:

    One sentence reviews:

    inMomentum – Almost no game here at all. Not a bad concept, but there’s no application. No story, challenges, just levels and a timer. Very disappointing.

    Zombie Shooters 1 and 2 – Fun, if a little derivative.

    Hacker Evolution: Duality and Hacker Evolution: Untold – It’s unfortunate, but nearly every review for these games mentions Uplink. It’s because you should go play Uplink. That said, these aren’t bad, but with my limited time, and having never completed Uplink, I decided they weren’t worth my time.

    Your Doodles Are Bugged! – I did not enjoy what I played of this game. It’s lemmings meets crayon physics minus the physics, and it works, but it also looks and sounds annoying.

    Critical Mass – Has a very high metacritic, so perhaps there is an argument to be made. But it’s not for me, or those of us who have never like a non-lumines block puzzler.

    Bunch of Heroes – Has a visual design that forced me to stop after ten minutes. Awful visuals.

    Fortrix 2 – Solid fun, it’s a complex QIX. If you like that, you’ll like this.

    Greed Corp – I have yet to try, apparently delightful.

    Roboblitz – Now, I’m going off of XBLA memories of 3 years ago, but this game is pretty delightful. It combines the early 7th gen game console physics gameplay vibe with a banjo kazooie collectible nature. Best of the two packs, unless GC really blows me away.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      Thanks a lot.

    • Muzman says:

      InMomentum is a racing game a la Trackmania, really.
      The lobby is terribly undercooked, but there was never going to be any more to it than that. You race, against the clock, against other people. That’s it.

  5. menderslan says:

    Hmm…. I get an error whenever I try to purchase.

  6. stoyan says:

    As an owner of previous indiegala bundle, I find it annoying that by paying more than 7$, i got nothing more than everything I already bought before. There should be some kind of choice, another bonus game or everything that was included previously. 3 different tiers suggest that the more you pay, the more you get. Instead, you end up as an idtiot, who payed twice for the same thing.Maybe I’m wrong, but this can really discourage ppl from paying a bit more than required minimum, dont you think?

    • wccrawford says:

      I think it’s worse than that. Originally, “Pay what you want” was supposed to encourage the person to pay what they thought the bundle was worth to them. That included anything from $.01 to infinity.

      Now, by adding extras if you pay more, they’ve clearly drawn a line in the sand for people and told them what things are worth. I think it’s a huge mistake, and the wrong direction.

      But Gala didn’t start that… They’re just continuing the mistakes of their forebears.

    • Baines says:

      To be fair, if you want to pay above $7, then does it really matter that you are getting extra games that you don’t care about? You don’t have to play them. You could give them away or just let them sit there unredeemed.

      Other bundles offer extra games at higher prices. The current Humble Bundle includes World of Goo only if you play above the average price. Humble Bundle 4 I think started with a few “pay above the average” games, and then added the contents of Humble Bundle 3.

      As for not being allowed to pay as little as 1 cent, that makes sense as a safety measure. These bundles cost money to implement and process. Even if the game creators are willing to give away their titles for free, PayPal and the like aren’t going to process the payments for free. Stuff like 1 cent bids would be costing the project money.

      Although, all in all, Indie Gala is bending the claim of “pay what you want” a bit past the breaking point….

    • Unfair says:

      I like the tiered nature. The $1 minimum is absolutely sensible. Pay what you want doesn’t mean get everything for free. I don’t have anything against piracy in general, but I think the entitled attitude it sometimes fosters is a dangerous thing and makes me ashamed of people.

      The way they do it you can give away all the extra games if you already have them too. I ended up giving Greed Corp and Bunch of Heroes to a friend since I already had them – and I can benefit from it as well since it gives me another person I know for multi-player matches.

      $6 is a tenth of the price of a big label game, and provides you with 5 games, out of which you should get at least as much fun unless you’re a particularly jaded gamer that only cares for flashy explosions and regurgitated gameplay. If you want novel mechanics and gameplay that you won’t find in the next Madden game, then this is probably worth a look.

  7. MythArcana says:

    Get your shovels, boots, and rain coats handy; incoming!

    When you pay 20 cents for a game, you get a 20 cent game. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a flippin’ duck. If it’s the charity part you are interested in, you can pitch 100% of your cash to them and also help get gaming back on track.

  8. mouton says:

    Where is the picture of puppies?!

  9. nunatak says:

    I gotta say it’s worth to get for the music alone, the albums are surprisingly good!

  10. unfoldingdrama says:

    I just wanted to say that I bought this bundle, not for the games, but for the excellent music packaged within.

    I really think independent music producers need to take a leaf out of the indie bundle’s book and start packaging albums into pay-what -you-want bundles.

    Edit:
    having listened to the albums more thoroughly now I must say that this bundle is worth more than $10 for the music alone. It feels like the games are just a bonus.

    So far these two have really stood out to me:

    Casey LaLonde – Thank You
    This is an awesome electronic album mixing 8-bit, techno and trip-hop influences. In fact you should check out the track Double Shot here:

    Giraffage – Comfort
    This guy came in at number 54 in last.fm’s top 100 new discoveries of 2011. He uses a blend of synth-pop to create sugar-coated electronic treats.
    Check out the track Visible here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrrL0sYLgA0

  11. TheTedinator says:

    Is this multi-platform?

    • Unfair says:

      They give you steam keys for each game, so you’ll have to look on steam to see if the particular ones you’re interested in are multi-platform games. The good thing is that it’s individual keys for each game, so you can give ones you don’t like or can’t play to friends as well.

  12. Unfair says:

    If anyone is on the fence about this, i posted a youtube video a couple days ago of all the games in the bundle, with my impressions of each. There are several worthwhile games in the bundle imo – and as another poster mentioned, Greed Corp is one of them. I’d recommend the $5-6 it costs for the second tier bundle at very least. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfEil6kBP-4